Feb 16, 2013 1:00am EST
profits. one role for the government to play, that sharing has to come from government policy. they see that as what you need to keep a strong consensus for sort of a pro-growth capitalism. i want to see if you agree with it. >> one of the things i remember talking about in 2008, when very few people knew who austin goolsby, he would say this is a really wonky thing, one thing very important to senator obama is the refundability of tax credits and cuts, the idea that if you're going to cut taxes you have to make sure you're doing it in a way to help people who are not paying that much in income tax. right, a big issue on the right, right? the 47%. but obama saw this issue as look, we have had a big increase in pre-tax inequality, market inequality. and also in the last 30 years we had the biggest tax cuts going to the top. he wanted to reverse it and have the bigger tax cuts going to the bottom. >> i just want you to know i knew who austin goolsby was in 2007. >> good to see you. >> and seriously, there is a single fact in the budget, a single number that explains a lot about what t
Feb 15, 2013 1:00am EST
pentagon is a hard job. people failed at it before. the largest bureaucracy we have in the government, one of the largest workforces in the world. i mean, it's a hugely complicated thing to do administratively, logistically, politically. strong centers of power in that building, right? i have no idea whether chuck hagel is up to it, nor does anyone. none of that has been lit gaited at all. he talked to al jazeera once, gave speeches to. the actual job the guy is going to do, i don't know if i have a dog in the fight. do i care if chuck hagel is running the pentagon? as far as i can tell, no one has done much in congress to sort of sort that out. >> and the one thing that job, is a policymaker. that is not the person who decides whether we go to war but takes the orders from the white house about how to implement it. that is not the person who decides what our relationship is with any other foreign country. those issues belong in other jobs. that's what they made the whole hearing about. >> no, absolutely. and even their fixation on benghazi is located in state. they went after hillary
Feb 11, 2013 10:00pm EST
this continuing resolution fight early in 2011. republicans were ready to shut down the government over spending cut demands. and the white house, what we now see there is a report out that jack liu found ways to make phantom cuts, to protect the poor, and republicans didn't really look into it and accepted it. and said now we got our spending c cuts. you're saying now, the debt ceiling showdown, you had a lot of republicans, leadership particularly who walked into this mess where they actually had their rank and file to do a debt default. they needed some way, any way out of it. so what the white house, the democrats put in front of them was the committee, the sequester, they were so happy to have any kind of lifeline, and john boehner comes out, pretends it is a victory, 98%, keeping the members in line. now here it is, a ticking time bomb for republicans, a year, year and a half, they're realizing, wait a minute, we don't have much leverage with the sequester after all. >> but the thing is, boehner did get 98% of what he wanted if you believe that he really wants spending cuts.
Feb 14, 2013 7:00pm PST
government lied us into war and how they got away with it and whether we understand it well enough the next time somebody tries it again. we understand that this is likely to cause political upset when we air it. but sometimes you have to do that anyway. after all, it is for a good cause. now it is time for the last word with lawrence o'donnelo'donnell. >> today republican s blocked a vote just because they can. >> sit shocking. not a lot of love. >> it is unprecedented. >> filibuster of chuck haegle's nomination. >> he is willing to fight until the end. >> i'm going to keep hitting you. >> it is unprecedented. >> the blame game just doesn't work. democrats must begin to do their work. democrats have been willing to more than meet the gop half way. the house has done its work. we don't control the agenda. the blame game doesn't work outside of the capital. senate democrats of the united states senate. the united states senate. >> the only certainty is more dysfunction and gridlock. >> it is valentine's day. >> love is not in the air. >> i can't imagine a more romantic way to spend valentine
Feb 14, 2013 1:00am EST
combative republican response. >> more government is not going to get you ahead. it is going to hold you back. >> it is a horrible position to be in, what is the deal with the water bottle. >> if he was thirsty, he should take a sip. >> he is good at it. >> if congress won't act soon, i will. >> president obama's emotional appeal. >> gabrielle giffords deserves a vote. >> that is what i think is going to stick in the minds of the people. >> the continued revenue. >> they deserve a vote, at least to have a vote on the new gun laws is a long way from let's get this passed. >> the families of newtown deserve a vote. >> will emotional appeals push congress to act on gun control. >> the members of tucson, they deserve a simple vote. >> as he begins his second term, president obama knows exactly how many days he has left as president. and he means to use them well. >> an american jobs act, the manufacturing hopes, the tax reform, and entitlement reform. a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months. a bipartisan market-based solution to climate change. give every responsible h
Feb 18, 2013 10:00pm PST
officials in the government, without looking for the hard evidence to support it. >> was more concerned about the politics of my decision, rather than what is right, and what is wrong. >> i have prayed to god many times that he would forgive me for sending his children to die in a war that never had to happen. was there ever any consideration of apologizing to the american people? >> i mean, apologizing would basically say the decision was a wrong decision. and i don't believe it was a wrong decision. >> one of the questions that the republican party is going to have to ask itself is can they say yes to anything? can they say yes to anything? >> well, the short answer is not anything that comes from president obama. >> a chain of fierce politicking is under way. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. >> there is no leadership on the other side of the aisle. >> the president really doesn't want immigration reform. >> with the president in the republican's cross hairs over immigration. >> the obama plan, a backup plan. >> with the level of hostility from the president, i think i
Feb 19, 2013 1:00am EST
we have the record, we know it was about governing. not just politicking. and not just a lie, so they make it look like it was all a machination, they have had support since 2010. >> it is not just me who thought that the response was half baked. let's listen to george will on this. >> were you struck on how over the top marco rubio's response was to this? i mean it was a draft, the white house was not putting it out. he came out blazing on this. >> i would like to see the details on what he finds in it that is offensive or left out or that is important to add to it. in that sense, it strikes me as this may tell us something about the many conflicting pressures on marco rubio, he has been on the cover of time, called the savior of the republican party. i am sure he has heard from some in the republican party that don't want to be saved with the kind of immigration reform he has in mind. >> i think it does show the pressure, the nature of it, oh, we have to get something out right away. >> rubio is in a weird position, he has been given leeway by some of the republicans, made the round
Feb 14, 2013 10:00pm PST
hosting the documentary on what happened when our government lied us into war. how they got away with it, and whether we understand it well enough to stop it from happening again the next time somebody inevitably tries it. that's monday night 9:00 p.m. eastern here on msnbc. we understand this is likely to cause political upset when we air it, but sometimes you got to do that anyway. after all, it's for a good cause. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." have a great night. >>> today republicans blocked a vote on chuck hagel just because they can. >> well, it's valentine's day. love is not in the air. >> it's shocking. >> not a lot of love for chuck hagel. >> to filibuster of the senator's confirmation is unprecedented. >> unprecedented filibuster. >> the debate on chuck hagel is is not over. >> all roads lead to benghazi. >> i'm going to fight zblooes willing to fight to the very end. >> i'm going to hit you and keep hitting you. absolutely. >> who blinks first? >> nobody is quite certain. >> the filibuster of senator hagel's confirmation is unpress dented.